Kate Middleton’s unexpected 80s accessory steals show at Prince Philip’s Service

Laura Sutcliffe

On Tuesday morning, a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince PhillipDuke of Edinburgh, took place at Westminster Abbey.

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The royal family paid their respects to the late Duke at the special service, which gave thanks to his dedication to the family, nation and the Commonwealth. He also recognized the importance of his legacy in creating opportunities for young people, promoting environmental stewardship and conservation, and supporting the Armed Forces.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the special event. Kate, 40, looked as beautiful as ever, wearing a beautiful black and white polka dot dress by Alessandra Rich. Known as the ‘Black Pleated Polka-dot Silk Crepe De Chine Midi Dress’ it’s sadly a past-season buy.


Kate arrived hand-in-hand with Princess Charlotte

Kate added an incredible black hat which was finished with a white bow by Lock & Co. The mother-of-three wore her hair in a sophisticated up do and subtle makeup defined her pretty features. Prince William looked smart and respectful in his suit.

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Prince Philip was associated with over 700 charitable organizations throughout his life and the service also remembered this incredible achievement. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which was founded in 1956 was a focus point.


Kate looked beautiful in her new monochrome outfit

The Service of Thanksgiving will incorporate some elements planned for the royal’s funeral which were sadly unable to go ahead due to Covid restrictions in place at the time. The Queen has also been actively involved in the plans for the service, with many elements reflecting Her Majesty’s wishes.

Also by Alessandra Rich:


Alessandra Rich polka dot-print midi dress, £1,564 / $1,865


The Service was conducted by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, who gave the Bidding.

Hat’s off!

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Audrey Hepburn Style Hat £279.06 / $350, Etsy


Ms Doyin Sonibare, who holds her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, gave a Tribute to Philip’s legacy, recognizing the impact of the Award on young people across the globe.

Designer Style:


Self-Portrait polka dot-print midi dress, £380 / $435


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High Street Style:


Pleated Midi Dress in Polka Dot Print with Ruffle High Neck and Puff Sleeves, £33 / $48.50, La Redoute


Touchingly, the flowers at the service were in shades of red, white and blue. The larger floral arrangements featured red roses, Carnations and Gerbera as well as white roses, Eustoma and large white chrysanthemums.

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